Saturday, May 31, 2008

Everybody needs a platform. . .


In every beauty pageant I know about, pageant contestants are supposed to have a platform. In my niece Elizabeth's case, as Miss San Antonio in the MIss Texas pageant, her platform had to do with breast cancer awareness/education (since her own mom had died of breast cancer when Elizabeth was barely seven years old). Other contestants had platforms like literacy, or diabetes awareness, or things like abolition of child abuse, drug use, etc.

Well, I've decided what MY platform is in this pageant of life.

Well, of course, my MAIN platform is Christ. Without Him I would be NOTHING. NADA. . . I owe him everything.

But there is another (much more secondary) platform for my life. It is this: R. S. V. P.s!!! If you've been around me lately you're not surprised.

Most people may not know exactly what those letters - RSVP - literally mean (Répondez s'il vous plaît" is a French phrase that translates to "Please respond"), BUT MOST people know what they should do when they see them on an invitation.

But do they??? Nooooooooooooo.

For Sophie's shower we (I) sent out out invitations to 93 people. 36 responded, with 8 of those saying they couldn't come, and 28 saying they could. That meant 57 didn't not call or e-mail at all. Were they coming, were they not? This time last week I was in a tizzy. Would I have enough food and drink? Or way too much?
Well, 45 people showed up and we DID have enough, but that's only because I usually err on the side of way-too-much.

Now this sounds like I'm full of sour grapes . . . and that I didn't enjoy doing that shower - or the other shower in March - or doing the upcoming best shower of all (!) on June 21. I really enjoy showers. But not knowing who's coming or not adds a stressor that, well, I don't like. I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH FOOD AND DRINK TO GET ..... and how many plates and cups, and napkins, etc.

I JUST WANT TO KNOW!!!

So sue me.

Hmm.
Hmm. Maybe I need to chill.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Today's post goes like this. . .

I have discovered that I like: artichoke, and still life photos, and Quizno’s Sammies, and fresh blueberries on Bluebell Homemade Vanilla ice cream. Wouldn't you know - 3 out of 4 of those items are food.

Yesterday I happened to be in Arlington and I happened to drive by the new, but of course unfinished, Dallas Cowboy stadium. Whoa! It is HUGE. And it is sobering to me . . .because it reminds me that I'm not a young thing anymore.
Back in 1972 I attended the very first meeting held in the Texas Stadium in Irving. It was not a football game ... it was a Billy Graham Crusade. And it was exciting to be there! I mean, there I was in this new, huge state-of-the-art stadium. I was part of the future. And now that stadium is a has-been. . . and soon to be leveled to make way for an outlet mall, I think.
I'll have to go to the first meeting in that new stadium. Somehow I don't think it will be a Billy Graham crusade.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

She really came to live nearby . . .

. . . she really did!!!!!

Years ago my niece, Elizabeth, said she would really like to live someday in the Midcities area. I dared not think about it, thinking, yeah, right- that'll never happen. I mean, it would be too good to be true.
WELL, IT HAPPENED!!!!
And today she brought her little girl to see me, and to get a little black desk that used to be her Granddaddy Andy's. She drove five minutes from her place to mine!
I was so excited I got my camera out and took a picture right after she rang the doorbell.


Life is sweet!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I admit: I like them.


The average Hostess Twinkie is 68 percent air as measured by volume according to university researchers.
The name of the famous snack "Twinkies" was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis, that said "Twinkle Toe Shoes."
And here is more on the Twinkie, created by Hostess, those geniusses:
The Twinkie was invented on April 6, 1930 by bakery manager James Dewar. He was making a thrifty use of shortcake pans which were usually only used during the strawberry season.
Twinkies had originally cost a nickel.
Twinkies had originally contained banana filling, but during the banana shortage of World War II the banana filling was replaced with vanilla.
Christopher Sell invented the fried Twinkie at his restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. In 2002, the Arkansas State Fair had introduced the fried Twinkie to the public. The fad spread to other state fairs. (I've eaten one at Canton Tradesday. So good with black coffee.)
Then there's Twinkie-henge.
(Either that's a creature sunbathing or being sacrificed. Hmm.)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Nothing doing. . .

. . . nothing done . . . on this Memorial Day. I took to heart one of the quotes I put up on my GraceNotes blog: "Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest."
— Ashleigh Brilliant (Ashleigh Brilliant is the (real) name of a man who is known for his one liners he calls ‘pot-shots’. He’s also a cartoonist. He was born in 1933 and is living in California.)

Oh, I learned that Memorial Day, known as Decoration Day, was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, and was expanded after World War I to include casualties of any war or military action. It therefore commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shower pics. . . .

We had 45 here for Sophie and David's shower. A good time was had by all. And I HIGHLY recommend Market Street for their party trays. And Five Star Bakery for their cakes. Oh yes.
(I thought I had a good picture of the bride and groom, but I guess not.)





Friday, May 23, 2008

6 things . . .

1. The oldest known vegetable is the pea.
2. Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.
3. Barbara Cartland completed a novel every two weeks, publishing 723 novels.
4. The shortest stage play is Samuel Beckett's "Breath" - 35 seconds of screams and heavy breathing.
5. Little Caroline has left the building! She's gone to her own place in Euless.
6. And my Laura is happy down on the farm. Click HERE for the farm's website. (This is the first farm I've ever known to have a website.)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wild week. . .




This past weekend Denver for Jesse's wedding.
Then the Huffmans came and the other Huffmans (John's parents), too. (All WONDERFUL people.)
Yesterday we all unloaded the truck and car -into the apartment. Good exercise.
Today Cap and Lindsey come and help.
And today I order some food trays for Saturday (Sophie's shower here). (Everything else is ordered and planned--I hope.)
And today Laura goes to the World Hunger Farm.
And tomorrow hopefully I will help the Huffmans unpack some more boxes.
And Saturday I play a little in the tea room (it's a really a break for me) and then that night I have 34 people coming to the shower. That's how many RSVPed - out of 79 invites sent. Having that many RSVP is really good. In no way perfect. And those that didn't RSVP will have to stand at the end of the buffet line. Really, at that other shower we were kidding about doing that. I may not kid about it this time.
I guess I ought to chill.
Oh, to brighten up this post I'm going to put pictures up of the platters I'm going to order. (I will tell people that I didn't have time to do my own platters - with company and all. It makes a great excuse.)
Oh, and Market Street says to give them 48 hours - I will probably be giving them 54 hours.
oo- I'm getting hungry.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Huffmans are here!!. . .


. . . well, rats, not John and Rick yet . . . but they're getting here as fast as they can.

Today I celebrated the Huffmans' arrival by getting a high chair! Yes. This is marking a new phase in our lives. And it is wonderful. Small children running around, and being cute . . . and eating at the table without having to be held.
The high chair looks like this picture only ours is a little lighter colored wood. It's from Ace Mart Restaurant Supply store. I may buy another - they stack, you know. And they go with our wood floors.
We have to be coordinated, you know.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Huffmans are coming . . .


. . to stay! Well, they'll have their own place - but they'll be SO CLOSE. I hope I don't smother them with my love and affection!!

Elizabeth, Caroline and John's mother, Susan are flying in tomorrow and then late Wednesday night John and his dad, Rick, will drive in with all the furniture and stuff.

Exciting week!

(P. S. Elizabeth looks a little different now. (She's due in August.))

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Pictures. . .

We're back from Denver - and here are the pictures of Jesse and Kristin Prather's wedding. I'm obviously no Caroline Laing (soon-to-be) Carmack (a professional photographer). You may not know who these people are - but if you do, YOU DO! (I won't caption each picture because, well, I tried, and I need some lessons on doing that.
Anyway, it was a very small wedding - and informal. The bride and groom's fathers both brought suits to wear but the bride didn't want them to wear suits. Hence, the more casual attire. (Which I think was GREAT!) There were about 22 people there in all. Sam felt VERY honored that he was asked to officiate. And we had a great reunion with the Prathers.
(There are some letters and numbers and stuff (under the picture of Molly and her boyfriend, Bobby)that I didn't delete and well, if you can decipher them (which means you might be an alien), tell me what they mean.)



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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Good to know . . .

I actually went two full days without writing anything on this blog- and I did it without going into rehab. So I'm NOT addicted to blogging! Good to know.

Speaking of 'good to know', we've gotten to know Jesse Prather's bride-to-be, and she is a dear. Very 'Colorado'- no frills, no gush. Very nice. And she absolutely adores Jesse. It is so sweet to watch. Hopefully I'll get to put up a picture or two of them on this blog soon. [Sam will be 'hitchin' them up right good' today.]

Different note(s): Here are some interesting facts I've learned:
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
Armadillos can be housebroken.
A house fly lives only 14 days.
The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Good to know, huh?
(Say yes.)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Summer is starting . . .

. . . or so it seems. Laura is home and, well, it just feels like at least a holiday anyway. And, of course, that feels good!

As I write this Sam and I are watching a 'Rifleman' rerun. Somehow we've gotten into TiVoing 'The Rifleman' lately and now I think we've become addicted. I remember when I was a child and they were on - I was not interested at all. Westerns were not 'my thing'. I guess everybody can change.
For your enjoyment. It's not long. You MUST watch it!! .............Well, no pressure.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today or tomorrow . . .

Laura comes home! This picture of her shows the feeling that I have about her coming home - even if it IS for just a few days.


Then she'll leave to go work at the World Hunger Farm in Waco.

Oh, and last night Will sang and played at the Seekers' Coffee House and did so well that he made the 'cut' to sing and play at the end of the month in their BiG talent competition.

Proud mama keeps on smiling.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Random . . .

I went to Donald Miller’s website yesterday and found out that a movie is being made of BLUE LIKE JAZZ! Click HERE to read about it.


On Saturday I played 4 (four) hours of piano. I took a few breaks - but not enough. The tea room was EXTREMELY busy because of Mother’s Day weekend. I’m still tired . . . but, I DID enjoy it.


I read in the newspaper yesterday that coyotes are terrorizing suburbs in Southern California. When I was young coyotes terrorized our neighborhood. Our next door neighbor discovered their little dog eaten up one morning.


I’m thinking of changing my ‘look’ on this blog again. I like variety.

And it's clear that I've been liking getting pictures to illustrate my points!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Just so you know. . .












. . . I LOVE being a mom.


(I will have pictures of the real me and my real kids soooooooooon! - When I get that thingie for my camera.)

P.S. THANK YOU MAKING IT A SUPER MOTHER'S DAY FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

From not nice to sweet . . .

I just put up a post -or wrote and posted (how do you say that?) a post on Hillary and Obama - and decided I didn't like it. I deleted it. Sometimes I cannot be nice - but I'm confessing that here - so as to be nice.
SO on a COMPLETELY different note (I know, I should delete the above words - but somehow I get satisfaction by leaving them in.: Again I say, SO on a COMPLETELY different note: I got an e-mail from an old friend in Chattanooga, Oklahoma, Ruth Geis. It is so sweet. I'm going to put up one picture part (box) of it here:

Aren't those feet darling?
I remember 2 sets of feet . . . they were (are) even more darling.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Oooooo-klahoma . . .




. . . where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain!
I'm here in my husband and kids' home state. (Sam was born in Altus, Will in Oklahoma City and Laura in Lawton.)
Me, I'm a Texan. But I DO love Oklahoma. Down to earth people. Some pretty countryside - in some parts.
It just feels good to be here.
Here is a little Oklahoma history:
Set aside as Indian Territory in 1834, the region was divided into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory on May 2, 1890. The two were combined to make a new state, Oklahoma, on Nov. 16, 1907.
On April 22, 1889, the first day homesteading was permitted, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called “Sooners,” hence the state's nickname.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I found out today . . .

. . . that the smell of an orange is a stress reducer (according to a study at Brown University).
. . . the original name for butterfly was flutterby.
. . . the average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
. . . Barack Obama has 20 speech writers.

Have a great rest-of-the-week.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Thoughts . . .

Not much going on. But I want to write a post.
I think I'm addicted to this blogging-thing.
I so enjoy thinking about what I'm going to 'say'.
It's odd.
I would have never EVER thought I would be into blogging. -- Into writing my thoughts so that everyone and their snail could read them.
But I am.

So what will I write today?
I guess I could say it rained today.
That sounds so trite when I think of what has happened in Myanmar (Burma). Over 22,000 people have died and 41,000 are reported missing as the result of a terrible cyclone.
That is too depressing to think about.
But I must.

And there is poverty all over the globe.
And AIDS.
And other major suffering.

How do I deal with all that - being a Christ-follower and all?
Well, I have decided to quit analyzing every everything.

I can do what I can do.
I can give. I can pray.
And I can trust God.
Did he do it - all the suffering? NO.
But then, did he allow it? EVIDENTLY.
Does that make me hate him? NO.

It DOES make me affirm that I am a creature.
I do NOT understand.
But, praise be to God, I can trust him. And serve him.
And thank him for all the wonder in this world.
And for sending Jesus . . . as Savior.
Oh my, do we need a savior.

Those are just my rambling thoughts on this Tuesday afternoon.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo . . .


. . . another excuse for eating Mexican food.
On another blog of mine I have a funny for today. Click HERE to read it. (I know, I'm shameless in plugging my blogs.)

(The picture is from Wikipedia and was taken at a Cinco de Mayo celebration in St. Paul, Minnesota.)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Random info . . .

41% of the eighth graders in the Fort Worth schools flunked their math TAKS test and will not promote to ninth grade unless they retake and pass the test. Can you believe that?!! (the part about it being 41%)

I just read on the Internet Movie Data Base (Imdb) that actor Steve McQueen became a born-again Christian a few months before he died.

There is a man in Illinois who has asked the court to let his name be changed to "In God We Trust". I'm serious. Here's the article on today's FoxNews website. (Click here.)

Don't forget: on May 12, stamps go up to 42 cents.

Friday, May 2, 2008

OO - Sorry . . .

. . . if I offended you with that awful picture of myself (the one on the right) in my last post.
I was making a point.

I stand by my point.
But I'm so tempted to delete that picture.

But nope.
I won't.

I'll just keep writing so as to 'kill space'
so when you go to my blog
that picture will not be
the first thing you see.

Women and perfectionism . . .

In last week's TIME magazine there was an article about perfectionism in women. Click here to read it.

I, personally, would rather be friends with a normal looking person who likes to laugh than with a 'bombshell' who dares not.
And
I would rather go visit a home that is messy-messy than one that is ready for "House Beautiful" magazine.
And
I would rather have lunch at Burger Box than at a 5 star place where I have to know just how to dip my soup spoon in my soup.

Just telling ya.

And that is me--- daring to show you how I'M NOT being perfect this morning.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

National Day of Prayer . . .

Today is it. All over the nation people are praying - for everything and everybody they can think of. Well, actually, I think it's a day to pray for the nation -- but I'm praying for everybody I can think of - AND the nation - which most everybody I can think of is in.

I just love prayer.
Really.
I so don't want to take it for granted.